Dealing with Imperfect
Truth without grace is brutal and destructive and can result
in tearing away the value and identity of the person receiving the truth being
given. Grace without truth is hypocrisy and is often the way people justify
living life their way in their understanding, determining what is permissible and
what is not. As a follower of Christ neither of these reflects honor and
respect for the God who first loved us so much that He sent His Son to die in
our place so that we could live.
The root of all criticisms and judgment of our self and
others is the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The world
has taught us how to look for the wrongs in others so that we can feel good
about our own shortcomings. To be critical of others is a tool of the adversary
using performance as a measuring stick for our own self-righteousness. This
takes our eyes off of Jesus and His goodness and puffs us up over our own
perception of our goodness.
We are to love one another as God; the Father, Jesus and
the Holy Spirit, love each of us. There is no one church, ministry or person
who is doing everything right. This is for two reasons.
1) We live in a fallen world and none of us are
ever free from the influence of the nature we are all born with before our
first physical death where the soul permanently leaves the body behind to
return to dust.
2) No one person, ministry or church is capable of
demonstrating the completeness and the fullness of our God. The whole body of Christ coming together in unity provides a more complete representation of our infinite God.
The Holy Bible tells us that perfect love, God’s kind of
love, covers over a multitude of sins. The debt of all of our sins has been
paid in full. There is nothing left for us to do. Jesus has done it all. Our
part is to receive the forgiveness, the mercy and grace our awesome, powerful
and perfect God has given to each of us. Our imperfections no matter how large
or small do not change this.
This does not mean we do nothing to grow into the
complete person our God has made us to be. On the contrary we are to diligently
work out our salvation, bringing to the surface in our walk and our talk the
holiness and righteousness we have been given as a gift. A gift each of us
freely wears all the time as a believer in Jesus, as Lord. This gift does not
diminish in any way due to our choices and our behavior. In fact it is a true
gift not dependent on us at all, but on God alone.
As we walk humbly with our God we are learning, being
disciplined – being taught God’s way over our own - how to overcome in our life
our own issues and the challenges our body and soul carry. Jesus tells us to
take the plank out of our own eye so that we might see clearly to help our
brother with the speck in their eye. The more we work on our own spirituality,
our growing oneness with God; it is amazing how much it seems the people around
us have changed.
No one is big enough to ruin God’s plans and cannot
diminish His Sovereignty. He is the King of the universe, Lord of all lords and
the King of kings, the sovereign ruler of both heaven and earth. We believe
that God is faithful to complete His good work in each of us regardless where
we are in our journey and our maturity and even the maturity or lack of for
those around us.
May each of us love our neighbor and love our God with His light showing us the way. May we also trust the God in each of us, our brothers and sisters, to complete His good work in them and ourself each and every day.